Who? An ever-evolving cast of noisemakers, headed up by Tom Ryan.
What? Stripped back jazz-punk.
From where? Belfast.
What’s the story? Revolving four-piece Robocobra Quartet dissect the best bits of post-punk, jazz, spoken word and noise for their sparse post-everything sound.
Loosely centred round vocalist, drummer and producer Tom Ryan, they first began performing live in 2014 after studying at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast.
Now with an interchangeable cast of up to 10 players, they’ve landed on an inspired sound which puts menacing sax, shouty vocals and rangy rhythms at its core.
Throughout 2016, their freeform antics have been revving up nightspots across the UK and Europe, also taking them to both Electric Picnic and the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival.
Now, following support from the PRS for Music Foundation (both the Flash Fund and Open Fund schemes), they’re preparing for the release of their debut LP, Music For All Occasions, on 18 November.
Despite their pledge to the live domain, the band have found enough time in 2016 to record at studios and concert halls around their native Belfast, harvesting one of the year’s most thrilling debuts.
Don’t miss them when they hit the road in November to play it live (dates below).
Sounds like? David Cronenberg’s Wife jamming with Slint.
Must hear? The tightrope free-punk of new track Correct –
November tour dates
8 – Glasgow – Bar Bloc
9 – Durham – Empty Shop
10 – Manchester – Castle Hotel
11 – Cardiff – The Full Moon
13 – Bristol – Mothers’ Ruin
14 – London – Rough Trade East
15 – London – Old Blue Last
16 – Nottingham – Rough Trade
18 – Belfast – Redeemer Central
19 – Derry – Smalltown America